Thursday, June 9, 2016

THE HIDDEN TORAH OF SHAVUOT - THE GATES OF GRATIS KINDNESS

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Prior to the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai on the 6th of Sivan - which includes the emphasis of fulfilling the Mitzvot of the Torah - the world existed without the Torah for a total of 26 generations (from Adam to Moshe).

The question is: if the Torah is our life and sustenance (as we say every day in the morning Sh'ma blessing), how is it that the world could have even existed without the Torah? And yet, the Torah was already in existence before the Creation, and Hashem even used it as His blueprint for Creation. So where was the Torah during this time period before the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai?

The Torah was there but in a very hidden format. The culmination of the entire Torah are the 10 Commandments which were hidden within the 10 Utterances (listed in the depiction of the Creation in Bereishit), which are the makeup of the entire Creation. Since the Torah is life itself, and without it there is no life at all, the Torah then was sustaining in a hidden way all of mankind - gratis. Without earning it, the entire world was sustained through Hashem's endless kindness found within the Hidden Torah.

The same is true today. After having already received the Torah, those who have no affiliation whatsoever with the Torah and it's observance - i.e. the gentiles, the wicked, the simpletons - receive gratis their life source and sustenance from this Hidden Torah. Even the Torah scholar himself, when detached from the Torah and involved in his mundane, physical necessities, must also receive from this Hidden Torah too.

But the question is: if everyone anyways receives life and vitality from the Hidden Torah, then why spend time learning  the "Revealed" Torah - with all of it's mitzvah components - given at Mt. Sinai?

Or better yet, if even the "wicked" also receive vitally from the Hidden Torah, why even work hard at becoming a Tzaddik and a good person?

The truth is, that access today to this unearned kindness of life-force and sustenance of the Hidden Torah is only accessible to the Tzaddikim of the greatest caliber. And these tzaddikim, out of their own good will, give over the bounties of the Hidden Torah to the entire world, even if undeserving. Thus, in truth, a wicked person has no merit to receive life from the Hidden Torah (i.e. he may be undeserving, but he is also damaging). It is just that the Tzaddik has the power and ability to give all levels of undeserving people from this life force.

Because the nature of the Hidden Torah is for the undeserving - i.e. gratis - these Tzaddikim must purposely lower themselves into being a "simple person" for the Hidden Torah to kick-in.

However, there are levels of "how much" an unaffiliated and simple person can receive this vitality and life of the Hidden Torah through  the Tzaddik. This is determined by how much a person is close to the Torah and the Tzaddikim. By learning the Revealed Torah along with coming close to the Tzaddikim, this enables a person to receive much more vitality from the Hidden Torah when necessary.

More than this, the concept of hope no matter how dark and severe the situation, comes from this Hidden Torah too.

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With this, we can understand the rabbinical teaching that Hashem left room for Moshe to decide that the giving of the Torah should take place on the 6th of Sivan and not on the 5th.

The difference between the 5th and 6th day is in perspective of what day of the Omer-counting it is. The 5th of Sivan is the 49th day of the Omer counting. The number 49 is a multiple of 7. 7 corresponds to the culmination of all Torah study. 6 corresponds to the 6 sections of the Mishnah, which, when developed, includes the entire corpus of the Written and Oral Torahs. 7 - like Shabbat - corresponds to the esoteric and mystical part of the Torah - Zohar and Kabbalah. 50, however, corresponds to a level of Torah from a totally different ballgame - the Hidden Torah.

Hashem left it up to Moshe to decide to give the Torah on the 50th day - the 6th of Sivan. This is because Hashem intentionally made it that only Moshe could tap into the Hidden Torah and activate it to sustain all of the undeserving factions of humanity. Only the Tzaddik, when being a totally simple person, can receive this life sustenance from the Hidden Torah.

Thus, Shavuot, is both the receiving of the Revealed Torah from Hashem and the Hidden Torah through Moshe (and all subsequent Tzaddikim who are at the caliber of Moshe).

May we come ever closer to the Torah and to the Tzaddikim, and thus receive more and more undeserved vitality and gratis life from the Hidden Torah.

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Sincerely and with blessings for a powerful and uplifting Shavuot experience
Meir Elkabas



Thursday, April 21, 2016

It All Depends On Your Attitude



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Reality: It's Not What You Think



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Talk With Your Friends!



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Matzah Mentality - The "Strife" of Life

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There is a parallel between thought processes and the difference between Chametz and Matzah.

Matzah is a simple mixture of flour and water. Chametz has the added dimension of leavening/souring/fermentation which distorts the true and real presentation of flour and water combined.

So too, a pure and holy mind is associated with Matzah as it portrays intellect and knowledge at it's purest - similar to the simple admixture of flour and water.

Chametz on the other hand reflects the distortion of pure intellect, with the faculty of imagination distorting the true and real perspective of things in life.

Matzah-way-of-thinking is associated with the wisdom of Hashem as expressed in the Torah and through the tzaddikim of every generation who, with their Torah insights, bring newer and fresher dimensions in expressing the Will of Hashem. These generate positive thinking which in turn leads to the Fear/Awe of Hashem which then enhances a person's prayer ability and joy in performing mitzvot (MiTZVaH, being etymologically similar to MaTZaH). With this joy, a person is then able to pray at a higher level - to mitigate harsh judgments from himself, his family, his friends, and the world at large.

Chametz-way-of-thinking on the other hand is associated with foreign thoughts generated by philosophical, heretical and lustful ideas which literally sour/ferment the mind from thinking properly and positively, and from being happy. These must be expelled from the mind, for they prevent the ability of praying properly with Fear/Awe of Heaven.

There is however another problem - the Chametz/leavened thoughts already in a person's head due to past foreign thoughts. How to get rid of these?

For this one needs to use the added quality of Matzah - strife. Namely, to "fight" and do battle with these past extraneous thoughts from re-entering the mind.

To explain: Matzah is etymologically similar to the word for strife in Aramaic - Matzuta. The Matzah wisdom of Hashem fills a person with enough sense of purity and truth that they will be able to detect and feel the negative impact of Chametz thinking, and by extension feel the necessity of forcefully kicking it out of their mind. This is a battle - the negative thoughts try to sink in, while the good thoughts try to kick them out by focusing only on good thoughts.

However, there is a tougher situation whereby a person was so involved in heretical, philosophical or lustful thinking that the battle is overwhelming to overcome on his own. For this he needs the help of the tzaddikim. The tzaddikim purposely display a seemingly outward conflict between each other, so that this guilty on-looker should notice it. This is really a test for him. There is really no strife or conflict between these tzaddikim. It is just that this person is so blemished due to his past thoughts, that the only way to help him is through his viewing this "outward" conflict, and his deciding to take it to heart and conclude that there is, God forbid, no truth in the pathways of the Torah since anyways strife also exists among it's followers, or to recognize that what he is seeing is Heaven sent so as to test him if we will judge others as faulty or to recognize his own frailty due to his own shortcomings and distorted view of things in life. This is the only way to help such a person.

(By extension, this could be the explanation of the test people face in coming closer to Torah observant Judaism where they have to make a "political" stand in choosing a specific Torah pathway/leadership which automatically demands their subconsciously putting down the other available pathways. Many people have become "turned off" altogether of coming close to Hashem due to these politics. This is their test.)

With all this said, it goes without saying that the eating of Matzah on Pesach is a holy type of food which is propitious to generating this positive thinking in a person. As the saying goes: "You are what you eat", the Matzah digested on Pesach eventually is converted into "holy and pure brain fuel". Chametz consumption on Pesach is the exact opposite, which is why it is totally forbidden on Pesach.

(Taken from Likutey Moharan lesson #5. For practical developments of this lesson, please listen to: https://soundcloud.com/breslov-therapy/sets/likutey-moharan-5)

May we merit this Pesach to the light, holiness and purity of Matzah in all it's dimensions, and to merit confronting the battle of banishing all foreign thoughts and ideas which only push away a person from Hashem, His Torah and His Tzaddikim. And through this may we truly merit seeing the coming of Mashiach and the building of the Holy Temple speedily in our days, Amen.


Sincerely
Meir Elkabas

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Charity



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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Who Should Learn Kabbalah?



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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Love To Laugh?



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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Torah Learning



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